Below is a summary of the matches played by the U15s team in the first couple of weeks of the season, bouncing back from a defeat to win two matches and benefit from a concession.
Monday 24th April: Heaton Mersey U15 92/8 (20) lost to Cheadle U15 94/4 (18) by 6 wickets – Cheshire league (Scorecard)
The opening game of the season was a low scoring game in cold and gloomy conditions. Heaton Mersey batted first and d post 92/8, a solid if unspectacular target, with the standout batsman being Daniel Roe, who retired out on 35. In response, Cheadle started strongly, and despite a clatter of wickets, got over the line with a couple of overs to spare.
Sunday 30th April: Heaton Mersey U15 beat North East Cheshire U15 conceded – Cheshire league (Scorecard)
As Homer Simpson once said: “Default, the two sweetest words in the English language”.
Sunday 7th May: Stockport U15 146/8 (20) lost to Heaton Mersey U15 150/1 (19.3) by 9 wickets – Cheshire league (Scorecard)
Having lost the first match of the season vs Cheadle, the U15 were looking to bounce back with a positive showing against Stockport.
With the sun shining, we confidently bowled first. However, Stockport managed to build a big total due to a combination of a short boundary, a classy performance from one of their openers and his teammates enjoying the kind of luck that had the umpires asking them for their lottery numbers.
Harrison repeatedly drew edges which flew everywhere other than to the fielders’ hands. Just as it was looking like they would post a match winning total, James Caine came in to bowl a golden spell, taking SEVEN wickets in 3 overs to bowl them out just shy of 150.
Facing what was a still a daunting target, we started well, with Shiyeon playing a sensible supporting role as Abdul started to go through the gears, eventually retiring on 38 off 26 balls. The decision to elevate the big hitting Abu Bakr up the order also paid dividends, after some early luck, the boundaries started to flow, with another retirement for 40 off 26, the last three balls all going for a maximum. Finally, in came Hunain to finish the job with 25 off 14, as we posted 150 to win the game with nearly an over to spare.
A great win to get us off the mark for the season.
Sunday 14th May: Bramhall U15 88/7 (20) lost to Heaton Mersey 90/4 (13.4) by 6 wickets – Cheshire league (Scorecard)
Great performance from the under 15s in the sunshine at Bramhall on Sunday morning.
After a strong start from Bramhall, our exceptionally tight bowling restricted them to 88/7. Wickets for Danny, Abubakhar, Luke, Shayan and Flynn. Then, after seeing off Bramhall's best bowlers, we knocked off the runs in the 13th over. Abdul (36 NO), Danny (17) and Hunain (13 NO) batted superbly.
Great attitude and teamwork from every single one of them.